In case any of you are interested, just received this email from EcoLogical Solutions at Crystal Waters... Max Lindegger is offering an eco village design course in Sept. contact https://www.ecologicalsolutions.com.au/courses for further info. Enrolments are open for our Ecovillage Design and Practicum program scheduled from the 3-14 September 2007. This course is for those with an interest in and desire to live more sustainably. The EV Design and Practicum will cover a range of topics giving participants a strong grounding in the how to of designing and living in a sustainable settlement. COURSE THEMES will include * Assessment of land * Method of design * Assumptions and expectations * Community processes * Design processes * Design tools * Market demand, trends * Standard designs, use and pitfalls * Tendering processes, assessing quotes * Report writing * Presentation tips and techniques * Lobbying, working with councils and authorities * Conflict and conflict resolution * Sustainable roads, water, waste, energy, building * Budget estimates, keeping track of costs * Finances * Legalities, by laws, management * Density, group size and effect on relationships, community economy and dynamics * Common land * Work, entrepreneurial activities * Project assessment and management * Working in teams * Clusters, meeting places * Village principles * Sacred sites and spirituality * Water and wastewater * Ecological building * Energy * Infrastructure * Privacy.